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Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis

While the Recruiting module itself is difficult to get it the way we need, moving applicants into HR has saved us tons of time since it is fully integrated. Everything works well together and the support services teams for all modules are outstanding. Within Recruiting, there are no integrated Reference check capabilities, so it has to be done manually outside the system. With the volume of seasonal hiring we do, we simply don't have the time to do this effectively. If there was a way to run reference checks and have them flow back to the employee record in the form of an attachment for their file, it would be awesome!
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Namely

Namely is especially well-suited for small to mid-sized companies that are looking to shift core HRIS functions under a single platform. Everything works as smoothly as advertised- payroll, benefits, time and attendance, workflows, onboarding. Especially if the employee population is comfortable with social media sites; Namely's landing page functions like an internal Facebook feed.Namely might not be well-suited for companies that have a significant employee population outside of the US . We've had some issues integrating our international employees into the core HRIS and benefits modules.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.1
Namely
6.9
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
Namely
6.5
Employment history
Ascentis
7.8
Namely
7.2
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.1
Namely
10.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
6.7
Namely
6.8
Organizational charting
Ascentis
5.9
Namely
6.5
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.3
Namely
6.5
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
6.8
Namely
4.9

Payroll Management

Ascentis
7.5
Namely
6.1
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.2
Namely
6.9
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.5
Namely
5.3
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
6.9
Namely
6.3
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
8.7
Namely
7.0
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
7.3
Namely
6.1
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
6.5
Namely
5.1

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
7.6
Namely
7.6
Approval workflow
Ascentis
7.4
Namely
8.1
Balance details
Ascentis
7.6
Namely
7.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
Namely
7.7

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
7.5
Namely
7.5
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.0
Namely
7.7
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.3
Namely
7.5
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
Namely
7.0
Employee recognition
Ascentis
6.8
Namely
7.6
View job history
Ascentis
7.2
Namely
7.9

Asset Management

Ascentis
5.9
Namely
6.4
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
5.9
Namely
6.4

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.3
Namely
5.0
Report builder
Ascentis
6.5
Namely
5.5
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
6.5
Namely
5.8
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
5.7
Namely
3.5

Onboarding

Ascentis
7.1
Namely
6.1
New hire portal
Ascentis
7.3
Namely
6.6
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.8
Namely
5.6

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
6.4
Namely
5.2
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.4
Namely
5.7
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
6.5
Namely
5.6
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
6.2
Namely
4.8
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.3
Namely
4.7

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.0
Namely
5.7
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.1
Namely
6.3
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.2
Namely
5.1
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.2
Namely
5.9
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.1
Namely
5.6
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.1
Namely
5.6

Succession Planning

Ascentis
5.5
Namely
8.7
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
5.1
Namely
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
5.4
Namely
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.3
Namely
8.7
Candidate development
Ascentis
5.1
Namely

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.9
Namely
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.4
Namely
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.6
Namely
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.7
Namely
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.8
Namely
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
5.8
Namely
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
7.5
Namely
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
6.6
Namely

Pros

Ascentis

  • The scheduling function provides a good platform that allows employees to see what their schedule is. If multiple departments have need of their time, they can look and see availability. If none, they can negotiate with the employee's direct report to get them in. We use it to coordinate both work hours and training hours.
  • It can be programmed to notify if someone clocks in/out early/late and awards points accordingly. Our frontline staff have a work requirement for in/out timeliness. It lets Managers know when and where to intervene with HR to bring this performance focus back into line.
  • If there are log-in/out errors, Supervisors can easily make corrections. This is important when there are issues that might affect an employee's points.
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Namely

  • Time off management - simple and efficient way to submit/approve and keep track of the remaining days. It covers all types of legal time off.
  • Goals setting - Namely has a mature enough framework that you can configure based on the company's requirements.
  • Organization chart - a nice visual display of the company hierarchy structure.
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Cons

Ascentis

  • NovaTime is the biggest hiccup that we've consistently encountered with Ascentis. We've encountered some of the same issues time and time again throughout our cooperative and I've opened numerous tickets and I've yet to feel like those issues have been resolved. Generally, the program will work, however, when it doesn't it creates frustration with the employee group.
  • I've noticed that when NovaTime has gone down an email has now been sent out notifying the administrators. This is a positive step!
  • I'm wondering if HR and payroll, can, at some point, be one of the same program. I know that with the most recent web updates it sounds like it's moving to one complete system so you don't have to go to two different spots to seek information. If that information was in one spot that would be helpful.
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Namely

  • I would love to see Namely roll out e-signature for things like tax forms that employees can use on a recurring basis. Currently it is available for onboarding, so I know it's coming!
  • I would love to be able to tell the employees that they can view their payslips on the mobile app, this would be an awesome feature.
  • Increase the workflow usability so that is has more functions.
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Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis

Ascentis 5.8
Based on 9 answers
This rating would be a 10 if it were not for some issues we have been having recently with the benefit carrier connections. The carrier connections are critical for us so how these issues are resolved will be key in our renewal decision.
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Namely

Namely 1.2
Based on 3 answers
Administrators and employees love Namely. It is very easy to use and streamlined. Employees stay engaged with news feed updates and enjoy all the self service options. The time cards are very easy to access and clocking in and out for non-exempt employees is a breeze. Namely is part of our family.
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Usability

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.1
Based on 8 answers
Overall, it is fairly usable for the average user as long as he/she is at a computer, laptop or a larger tablet and has the ability to view the employee self-service webpage on an internet browser. Because it does not have an app or other mobile interfaces right now, it makes it difficult for it to be useful for most of our employee population who utilize their phones to access the internet. As for the HR professional who would be also working on this interface, it is somewhat easy as about two-thirds of the screens are fairly user-friendly and easy to navigate. Nevertheless, it still leaves about one-third of them that are not as user-friendly and would require more technical knowledge to figure out how to best use them.
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Namely

Namely 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Overall, Namely is a very user friendly platform, most of the functionality can be learned with out much training or guidance. They have designed it to be modeled similar to other social media sites interface which makes it clean in design and easy to navigate. If you do have someone at your organization that is less tech savvy, one of the most impressive parts of Namely continues to be their client support. They will support you and give guidance in every aspect if its training or just pointing out a feature and how it works
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Support

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.2
Based on 104 answers
During a transition, we had an issue where there was no one in the company who had the SQL database password, which was needed in order to pull over historical data. Ascentis technology team worked tirelessly and were able to get into the database and make a smooth transition of the data.
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Namely

Namely 3.8
Based on 8 answers
The support has been the worst part of this product over the 2 companies I have used it at. They will never follow up on anything that isn't a 2-minute answer. When they do follow up it is just to say, "we are looking into this" or they just say "It's all set now." Very frustrating to be told something was taken care of, only to receive a penalty and Interest notice a few months after the deadline because it wasn't "all set."
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In-Person Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 1 answer
First, to clarify our "in-person" training was done mainly through Web-X meetings and conference calls. It was the closest thing we got to as far as an "in-person" training for this software. However, for the large majority of it, this type of training worked out well. We were able to share our screens and the trainer was able to share his/her screen. We could follow along with what we were doing in our database in real time and see how different functions worked and how manipulating our information could produce different results. It was also nice in that it provided for real-time results if something hadn't been coded correctly or we were having issues as to why something wasn't working the way we thought it should be. However, it did have some downsides in that we often had to rely on a conference phone and that made it difficult to hear people on both sides. Also, sometimes the trainers had internet difficulties when working from home and that caused issues with the WebX meetings.
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Namely

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.0
Based on 2 answers
Ascentis HR has a number of online training videos to watch on a number of different topics. I gave it a lower rating because there is not much interactivity with the videos and it seems to cater to really only one or two learning styles. Plus, one has to be pretty motivated to go to a separate area to access the videos and then pull up a specific one to watch it and then learn. From my experience, people know that they are there, many just don't take the time and effort to go find them and actually watch them - especially since the username and password are different from their normal username and password.
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Namely

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.2
Based on 4 answers
It was very easy to implement, but the customization pieces should really be fleshed out in order to determine the full need of an organization at the time of implementation. I believe if a little more time was spent on the requirements, the recruiting module would not have to be customized again at a cost at a later date.
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Namely

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Ascentis

1. Customer Service - listens to clients (per our due diligence during evaluation phase and own experience thereafter)2. System ability to interface with in-house systems. (Other vendors evaluated could not guarantee success.)3. Report Writing - prewritten + ad hoc. User-friendly. Payroll staff could write. Freeing up IT resource time. (+ Payroll more self-sufficient)4. Import/Export Capabilities. (Not all systems are equal)5. Garnishment / Third Party Check module. (Had vision from prior in-house system, this was the only vendor that had what we wanted in this area.)6. Employee satisfaction with increased payroll department efficiency and Ascentis Employee Self-Service.
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Namely

We looked at many ATS platforms and payroll platforms. Namely had a complete package and the most support to offer. The other systems were good but only handled 1-3 HR issues. We could not afford multiple software, so picking Namely was the right choice for us.
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Return on Investment

Ascentis

  • By far, fewer errors in capturing information or giving information
  • Easily see what benefits an employee has enrolled or declined and historical information
  • Easily see what compensation an employee has had historical, or where their compensation is at currently
  • Easily see what positions an employee has had within the company for how long, and why they were transferred
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Namely

  • We were able to standardize processes much more easily with Namely. Without Namely it would be difficult to get 10 locations to follow the same procedure. But with Namely, we're able to set up the workflow and the manager just follows along on his computer.
  • Payroll mistakes are virtually nonexistent with Namely.
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Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Namely

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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